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Detail of the surface sampler housing assembly.

During launch, travel to Mars, and landing, the surface sampler boom and its collector head were stored inside this housing assembly. The 12-foot-long furlable boom, stored on a six-inch-diameter reel inside the housing assembly, can be deployed from this housing to acquire a sample and retracted back into it to move the surface sample in the collector head to the biological or gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer processing and distribution assemblies.

See the "Viking Lander Surface Sampler" YouTube video for additional information.

Viking Lander surface sampler housing assembly at Kansas Cosmosphere
Time picture taken Sat Apr 16 13:21:50 2016
Location picture taken Lobby
Kansas Cosmosphere
Hutchinson, KS
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